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09 February 2012

Repudiation: Newt Gingrich on the Food Stamp President

The day of the State of the Union Address, 24 January 2012, jump to about the 3 minute mark for the comparison of President Obama as "the most effective Food Stamp President in American history."

Almost the same wording the next day.  Again, jump to the 3 minute mark.

President Obama responds. The whole clip is only 27 seconds.

And yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois responded to Newt Gingrich, who has begun calling President Obama the "Food Stamp President." Armed with facts, the Congressman has a little fun setting the record straight and despite the name calling, concluded that "hunger knows no race or religion or age or political party. Hunger is colorblind."

We should be lowering instead of increasing the number of people on food stamps as a side effect of improving the economy and getting more people working in well paying jobs.  So, this is not a cheer.  But it is wrong to lie about the facts.  Mr. Gingrich, it appears, has not moved entirely beyond his ethical challenges.

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